Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four has been put through the wringer as of late. Over the last 48 hours, it was announced that the film’s 3D conversion was tossed, a not-great sign for the film’s impending bow in August. The fact that Trank also dropped out of his tentative role as a director in the Star Wars Anthology series doesn’t help these bits of news. Still, watching the film’s superb cast, led by Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Miles Teller, and Kate Mara, I’ve found my anticipation for the director’s follow-up to the surprisingly nimble, effective Chronicle undiminished over the last few months. For one, it very simply cannot be worse than the two previous filmic incarnations, which would easily qualify as two of the most disposable superhero films to be released (which is saying something).
More than that, however, I’m fascinated to see how Trank envisions the powers on a big screen, outside of the few scenes we’ve seen in the trailer. This was one of a few talking points in the film’s 2015 Comic-Con panel, which featured Trank, Jordan, Mara, Teller, Simon Kinberg, and Toby Kebbel, and the discussion stretched to how the actors prepared for their roles and how the subject matter informed Trank’s vision.